Cuckoo is an April 2017 bird-inspired online casino game designed by Endorphina that has filed it under “unique” and “ethnic” categories. Other themes: pendulum clock, clockwork, floral clock face, chiming clock, Russian ceramics, motif flowers, bird vocalization, brood parasite, and cuckoo eggs. Cuckoo’s rival games: Cuckoo (June 2016) from Red7, Gifts of Ostara (April 2017) from Iron Dog Studio, and Easter Surprise (April 2015) from Playtech.
The slot is named after a migratory avian brood parasite called “cuckoo” that is infamous for displacing another bird’s egg that it then replaces with its own newly laid look-alike egg. Its “coo-coo-coo” bird call inspired the chimes of a striking clock variant called cuckoo clock. All Cuckoo symbols require three, four, or five winning combinations.
Cuckoo Game Characteristics
Cuckoo has a navy blue 5X3 grid whose gold-lined reels are embedded on a cream background; eight symbols, ten adjustable paylines, six coin values, a choice of 60 total bets, no free games, neither a wild nor a substitute, a bonus round, side game, and its dynamic payouts are from $0.05 to $500.00.
Cuckoo has one special symbol among its seven ordinary symbols. The scatter is a chiming clock, with a Gzhel ceramic clockface showing five minutes fifteen seconds past ten. The ordinary symbols: a golden cuckoo egg, with navy blue motif flowers; a gray cuckoo egg, with a blue-and-white motif flowers; a blue cuckoo egg, with cream motif sepals; and fancy white letters A, K, Q, and J.
Cuckoo’s coin values: 0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, and $0.10. Listed below are the respective total bets for the ten paylines. One active payline: 0.01 (minimum bet), $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, and $0.10. Two active paylines: 0.02, $0.04, $0.06, $0.08, $0.10, and $0.20. Three active paylines: 0.03, $0.06, $0.09, $0.12, $0.15, and $0.30. Four active paylines: 0.04, $0.08, $0.12, $0.16, $0.20, and $0.40.
Five active paylines: 0.05, $0.10, $0.15, $0.20, $0.25, and $0.50. Six active paylines: 0.06, $0.12, $0.18, $0.24, $0.30, and $0.60. Seven active paylines: 0.07, $0.14, $0.21, $0.28, $0.35, and $0.70. Eight active paylines: 0.08, $0.16, $0.24, $0.32, $0.40, and $0.80. Nine active paylines: 0.09, $0.18, $0.27, $0.36, $0.45, and $0.90. Ten active paylines: 0.10, $0.20, $0.30, $0.40, $0.50, and $1.00 (maximum bet).
Based on the $1.00 bet, three, four, and five winning combinations attract these Cuckoo payouts. Floral golden eggs pay $10.00, $100.00, and $500.00. Floral gray eggs pay $5.00, $50.00, and $250.00. Floral blue eggs pay $2.00, $20.00, and $100.00. As, or Ks pay $1.00, $4.00, and $15.00. Qs, or Js pay $0.50, $2.50, and $10.00. Mixed up cuckoo eggs pays $1.00, $2.00, and $5.00.
The optional risk game progressively doubles the slot player’s winnings—the only requirement is correctly guessing a face down playing card that is superior than the dealer’s face up card—until the maximum X10 is reached or the player guesses wrongly, thereby nullifying the winnings.
Three cuckoo clocks unlock the so-called clockwork bonus round, that is associated with the Cuckoo’s X2400 non-progressive jackpot. The good Cuckoo software shows statistics, and has turbo and autospins. The sounds include electronic music, and ringing bell, chimes and “coo-coo-coo” sound effects. The animated 3D graphics include rotating eggs, the clockface springing open wherein a chirping cuckoo leaps out, self-embedding motif flowers, rotating clock hands, spinning cogs, and pendulum clock mechanism.
Luck in Cuckoo
The return to player rate of Cuckoo is 96% and the house edge is 4%. Cuckoo is a game of chance.